Health / Medicine

Austria finds some egg products contaminated with insecticide: ORF

Austria finds some egg products contaminated with insecticide: ORF

Published 14/08/2017

Tests show that some imported egg products in Austria have been contaminated with a potentially harmful insecticide, a health ministry official told broadcaster ORF on Monday, adding to the list of countries affected by an international health scare. [more…]

Yemen records 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths: WHO

Yemen records 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths: WHO

Published 14/08/2017

More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. [more…]

Exclusive: India aims to revamp health scheme, lower costs after criticism

Exclusive: India aims to revamp health scheme, lower costs after criticism

Published 14/08/2017

India's health ministry has trimmed its cost estimates for extending its main public health program by 25 percent after criticism from a federal think-tank over inefficiency and slow progress, according to government documents seen by Reuters. [more…]

William Demant may make over-the-counter hearing aids if U.S. demand develops

William Demant may make over-the-counter hearing aids if U.S. demand develops

Published 14/08/2017

William Demant, the world's largest producer of hearing aids, said it could start producing cheaper over-the-counter hearing devices for the U.S. market if demand rises sharply once new legislation comes into effect. [more…]

With budget cuts looming, U.S. aid chief vows to do more with less

With budget cuts looming, U.S. aid chief vows to do more with less

Published 13/08/2017

Facing potentially deep budget cuts to U.S. foreign aid, new USAID administrator Mark Green says he needs to do more with less and prove to President Donald Trump that development assistance can further his "America First" agenda. [more…]

Gates foundation to spend over $300 million in Tanzania in 2017

Gates foundation to spend over $300 million in Tanzania in 2017

Published 13/08/2017

Bill Gates has told Reuters his foundation plans to spend more than $300 million in Tanzania this year on public health and poverty reduction programs. [more…]

Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

Published 13/08/2017

The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation. [more…]

Anthem to exit Obamacare market in Virginia next year

Anthem to exit Obamacare market in Virginia next year

Published 11/08/2017

U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) said on Friday it will exit Obamacare markets in Virginia and reduce its plan offerings in Washington and Scott counties and the city of Bristol next year. [more…]

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Published 11/08/2017

Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday. [more…]

Vernalis hit by fresh U.S. setback for cough and cold drug

Vernalis hit by fresh U.S. setback for cough and cold drug

Published 07/08/2017

Shares in Vernalis fell more than 15 percent on Monday as the British biotech company backed by fund manager Neil Woodford and his previous employer Invesco announced a fresh setback for a key new drug in the United States. [more…]